ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
BIRTHPLACE: Philadelphia, PA
JOB: PTSD Therapist at the Memphis VA
FAMILY: Boyfriend Phil and our dog Mira
FIT CLUB: River Runners
MOST RECENT WW EVENT: I just ran the Chicago Marathon last month and finished in 3:52. It wasn’t my best time, but I was dealing with some injuries this year, so I was happy with it.
FIT TRIP: A week after the Chicago Marathon I went to Peru with my best friend and completed the 4-day, 28 mile Incan Trail hike. It was breathtaking.
FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Finishing the Marine Corps Marathon in 2014. The race is very humbling and moving. I was able to get a PR (3:48) and finished with all of my family and friends around me since I was racing near home.
I ❤ RUNNING: I love all of the friendships I have made through running. I moved around in my 20’s so it was nice that wherever I ended up I could meet people though running and those turned into some amazing friendships over the years.
MOTIVATION TO STAY FIT: I love to eat!
CROSS TRAIN: I do Orange Theory twice a week but have also been trying to do more spinning and Barre classes now that the Chicago marathon is over.
PRE-RACE RITUALS: I eat a half peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a banana and Orange Powerade Zero before every race. I have been eating this for years and it has never failed me!
NEXT CHALLENGE: Sylamore 25k trail Run in February.
WW MUST-HAVE’S: I have been wearing the same type of Nike shoes for the past seven years and they have been great, so I’m not switching anything up. I also love my Garmin Vivoactive watch and Yurbuds wireless headphones.
OBSTACLE COURSE: I broke my foot in 2015 and couldn’t run for about four months. I was supposed to run the Chicago marathon that year and had to pull out and defer until this year. Unfortunately while training this year I had some hip problems but it was early enough in training that I could take some time off and still get in some good training runs and complete the marathon in October!
BUCKET LIST: To run the Great Wall of China Marathon.
BEST EATS: The New Mexico roll from Sakura is amazing. It isn’t on the menu so you have to ask them to make it and it is so worth it!
“I love all of the friendships I have made through running.”
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU COME BACK AS: My dog. She eats, sleeps, runs, and plays with friends all day. Sounds like a perfect life to me.
WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND: Amy Schumer’s “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.”
BINGEWATCH: I was obsessed with Veep—just finished watching it.
PET PEEVE: People who stop dead in the middle of races and cause some major pileups!
FUN FACT: My sister and I have the same birthday but she is six years older.
INDULGENCE: Anything Chocolate!
PERSONAL MOTTO: Running releases more than just sweat.
Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.